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The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas  

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Only the best basketball players in the NBA, but sometimes, the greatest NBA players take their talents overseas. Including former NBA players, all-time greats, and those currently playing overseas, this list of NBA players abroad features some surprising names. 

NBA legends Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Dominique Wilkins and Dennis Rodman have all played professionally outside the US. Many rising stars, like Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, decided to play for China, while planning their NBA comeback. Since 2010, 2-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury has been a CBA legend, winning three championships with the Beijing Ducks.

Some NBA players who struggled with injuries went on to dominate in international leagues, like Amar'e Stoudemire winning the Israeli League championship with Hapoel Jersulam. Other NBA players who play in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond include Boris Diaw, Andrea Bargnani, and Carlos Boozer.

Vote up the best NBA players who played overseas. Feel free to add any former NBA players who play internationally missing from the list.  

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna
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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons
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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons
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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hapoel Jerusalem
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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Brave Dragons
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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Banco Roma, TDK Manresa
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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Napoli
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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Zhejiang Golden Bulls
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Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanghai Sharks
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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Arimo Bologna
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Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons
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Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings
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Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales
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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies
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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli
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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Guangdong Southern Tigers
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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
isaaciscool123450 added Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls
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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets
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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Brescia
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Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
sametoter92 added Beşiktaş
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Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Israel Shamay added hapoel tel aviv
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Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Israel Shamay added hapoel jerusalem